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Miami to Ft Myers RV Road Trip

Photo by Ebyabe (wikimedia commons)Swimming in the Spring, Manatee Springs State Park Photo by Ebyabe (wikimedia commons)

The journey east to west between two of the south’s popular resorts, Miami and Fort Meyers, travels along Interstate 41 and passes through one of Florida’s big attractions, the Everglades.

Day 1

The Everglades covers over 2500 square miles, so if you’re heading from Miami make you’re first port of call the Shark Valley Visitor.  On your way you will skirt the very northerly edge of the park, and what you’ll need to remember is that if you want to go further in you’ll need to take boat because your motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle isn’t going to float!  If you want to take a boat trip the visitor centre will have all the information you need, they will also help out with places you can safely overnight in the area.  Never fear if you don’t enjoy water, there are lots of land based activities you can try too. 

Then, you will cross into the Big Cypress National Reserve, which you can explore from the Interstate, or take a scenic loop road.  The Interstate has a number of rest camps and some great hiking opportunities, and the further west you travel there are even more opportunities to get out and explore.  If you are looking for somewhere to overnight try the area around the Gulf Coast Visitor Centre at Everglades City or Chokoloskee, there are a couple of rest camps with all the facilities, fuel, and restaurants available.

Day 2

Today you have the option of exploring the canoe trails, or following the wilderness waterway before leaving the park and heading towards Naples. 

Naples has some very fine beaches, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, or just for strolling along, but one of the places most visitors head for is the pier.  The pier stretches out into the Gulf of Mexico, and if come late in the afternoon and stay until the sun sets you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable sight.

Day 3

It’s just a short drive north this morning to Ft. Meyers, but why not take a detour to visit the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  Not only does the sanctuary have some interesting boardwalks trails, its home to some native wildlife and birds.  Its also one of the only places you can see the very rare Ghost Orchid.

Then it’s just a quick hop up to Ft. Meyers where you visit the Manatee Park, or if you’re into technology the Edison – Ford Winter Estates where you can see a collection of Edison’s famous inventions from the eclectic light to phonographs.

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